tatiana-tiger.jpgKulbir Dhaliwal, who made headlines in December 2007 when a Siberian tiger mauled him and two others at The San Francisco Zoo, is in the news again–though this time with less felinity and more felony.

Kulbir, now 24, was taken into custody under suspicion of felony possession of three grams of cocaine after police stopped Kulbir and two other men for driving the wrong way on a one-way street near the San Jose State University campus.

Was this error in judgment the result of lingering trauma, or just another bad decision in a series of mistakes made by a troubled young man? In September 2007, police pulled over Kulbir and a friend under suspicion of drunk driving. When officers attempted to proceed, Kulbir drunkenly lashed out and the officers had to forcibly restrain him.

Looking back on the tiger attack it becomes clearer that the only thing Paul is a victim of is his penchant for stupid decisions. After the zoo director told reporters that it was improbable the tiger escape on her own, investigators discovered several sticks and pine cones in her cage that could not have fallen naturally, in addition to a footprint at the top railing of her cage.

In the later affidavit, Kulbir’s younger brother Paul admitted that the boys had been drinking and taunting the tiger before she escaped. Police also seized marijuana, liquor, and synthetic urine (typically used to foil drug tests) from the boys’ car. The San Francisco Zoo settled the brothers’ post-attack civil suit for 900K

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  • LisaH86

    Tatiana should have killed all three of them! They deserved every bit of what they got. They should have messed with something or someone more their size (extremely small)!! Too bad the other two survived just to be bigger screw ups. What a shame.

    • susan_spiffley

      Who knows whether the tiger was harassed by them or only saw them bothering the lion and decided to attack, but she had been practicing for years, and getting better and better at climbing the concrete wall. At least she “died victorious.”

  • MarkF

    And he profited a half a million dollars for the incident. People look at being involved in an accident as hitting the lottery. He caused the accident, sues, and there’s always a sentiment. I wish he had gone to a jury trial, and our peers would have said no. People may not realize it but the money awards eventually come out of pockets because the insurance companies that pay them charge their customers higher rates to cover the settlements.

    • susan_spiffley

      How long before it is all gone? They haven’t even invested it in a ghetto liquor store.

  • susan_spiffley

    These guys are low lifes. How a Punjabi family comes to America and all 3 of their sons (yes, there is another one) end up so ghetto is a question for the ages. Perhaps the father is in jail. Perhaps he died, and the mother had to work 3 jobs, because nobody with good values raised these guys. You know for sure that this family is shunned by the South Asian community. smh